"Crosswordese in all its glory has never been so entertaining!"—Will Shortz
A celebration of the weird and wonderful language of crosswords, and the lexicon's fascinating checkered history, for crossword puzzlers and language lovers of all kinds.
Crossword puzzles have a language all their own. This entertaining guide to grid lingo will improve your game while it fills in the mystery and history of this unique and playful idiom. Author David Bukszpan brings his deep word game knowledge and engaging educational style to this exploration of crosswordese and its evolution from antiquity to the age of LOL and LIZZO.
Far more than a crossword puzzle lexicon, Crosswordese is full of fun entries, including rich sections on particular types of puzzle clues and answers from pop culture, sports, science, and more. Each chapter also includes a puzzle custom-made by the author and exclusive to the book! This is the perfect gift to help novices up their skills and reward veterans with a deeper appreciation of this delightfully quirky vocab.